How to secure your Gmail Account In 2019
It is no longer news bulletin that Email is the most priceless benefit of anyone’s identity on the web. We use email everyday and have all the vital information stored in our inbox. All our social networking accounts, website registrations, PayPal accounts and so on are connected and controlled by your email and therefore it makes sense to totally secure it especially if it,s a our Gmail account.
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However, Google knows what we’re searching for, what we have signed up for, who we often contact, with whom we’re connected, what we watch, where we are, what we sound like, what our friends do, our meetings, our interests, where we go, etc. it’s very Significant that we protect our Google account to avert any illegal access. In other words, Google knows our way about in the internet.
Here are some useful tips on securing your Gmail account and keep away from getting hacked:
How to secure your Gmail Account
- Enable 2-Step Verification
In two step verification, it gives you additional level of security to your Google Account by requesting your full data such as your phone number and also your username and password when you sign in. This simply means that when your Gmail is hacked, the latent hijacker still can’t sign in to your account for the reason that they don’t have your phone.
- Make use of Alternate E-mail Address and Mobile Phone Number
Add a mobile phone number and a recovery e-mail address to your Google account in other to reset your password without stress when forgotten or when you need to recover an account.
- Check Your Gmail Account Activity
If you are notified about strange activity alerts in your Gmail account then you can review the recent activity of your Google account. Or click the link at the bottom right corner of your Gmail window to see the time, date, IP address, location and the access type of your recent account activity in case your account is hacked
- Review Gmail Settings
In Gmail there are several ways to forward your Gmail to another account, so the best thing to do is to;
- check if your Gmail messages are being forwarded account without your permission
- See if there are any Gmail filters created to forward your e-mails to another account.
- Finally, check if your Gmail account is allowing access to someone else because Google allows us to delegate access to our Gmail account to up to 10 users.
- Protect Your Gmail account
As we all know, if your Google account is hacked then the only way to regain access to your account is by verifying your identity, Since Google doesn’t collect a lot of information about you when you sign up for an account, it will ask you questions like this ;
- When you created your account,
- What Google services you use, and who you email frequently (when making use of Gmail).
In conclusion, it is important to note down the information about your Google account on our phone or a jotter so that in case your account is hacked you can easily recover it by verifying your identity. And also, we need to be extremely careful on where and how we access or make use of our Gmail account, all for security purpose.